Thorney Island & The South Downs
“A Moderate walk following the coastal path around the island; “Birds, boats and beaches.”
A strangely hypnotic walk, the water was lapping loudly to the left of us. It became trance-like. Perhaps the strong taste of salt coming from the water and the fresh air added to that feeling. The water lapped and slushed as it pulled in and pushed out. I felt adrift again! away from buildings, people, and cars.
The village of West Thorney lies on the east coast and has been incorporated into a British Army military base that occupies the southern part known as Pislay Island, which is an RSPB nature reserve.
There is a coastal public footpath, which is part of the Sussex Border Path, encircling the island. Public access to the south of the island is limited to the footpath and the church of St Nicholas at West Thorney.
Walkers using the footpath may be asked by intercom to provide their contact details (name, address, and mobile phone number) at the security gates to access the southern part of the island.
It was an unusual and enjoyable day out. We found a local bar and felt as in another time.
My next walk was in the South Downs
LEWES TO SALTDEAN (linear) – 10 miles
My walk was from Lewes to Saltdean, at first it felt like a fairly familiar walk, having done something similar the previous month. This time we covered a lot more ground and it felt liberating to be out in the South Downs.
It was a moderate hilly walk with panoramic coastal views as we walked via a couple of small villages one of them being Telscombe. We had a Pub lunch at the Abergavenny Arms, in Rodmell and then walked further on down to the coast at Saltdean. The walk ended there, where we picked up a bus to Brighton, then a train back to London. A good walk.
Until next time, keep on keeping on.
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